To the editor:
April 2011, the Juniata County Re-enactors Association launched the beginning of a fundraising effort to honor the 186 men from Juniata County who died during "The War of the Great Rebellion." A "Memorial Wall" 3 feet high, 7 feet long and 8 inches thick will be made of strong American black granite.
Our fundraising effort has raised about 90 percent of the cost of the stone; however, there are other costs that we must yet deal with. We are actually about 70 percent of the total cost of the project. Our goal remains about $12,000 for acquisition, engraving, placement and an extraordinary dedication ceremony such as no one locally has ever seen in this area.
This is the 150th anniversary of all the events of that war. We here in Juniata County will celebrate the end of the war. Juniata County had a population of nearly 17,000 residents in the 1860s. During the war, we sent about 2,000 men to fight for our State and Nation. One hundred eighty-six men would never see their homes or loved ones again. They died for a cause they believed in, and so we should live to accomplish this goal. We as a group believe that it is long overdue that these men's names be recorded publicly for all to see. This is why we appeal to the citizens of Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties for your support. Names that once existed in Juniata have now migrated to surrounding counties. Their names don't show up here, but in your communities. Chances are, they are related to you.
You can be part of the extraordinary event by being a benefactor at many levels: platinum, $500 or more; gold, $300 to $499; silver, $100 to $299; bronze, $50 to $99; and patron, for a donation of $49 or less. You may also sponsor a name of a soldier for $20. This list is given below in alphabetical order for your convenience in locating your name. However, when they are placed on the wall, they will be in the order in which they died: year, month and day. Honor your family name by sponsoring it. All donors will be listed during the dedication ceremony.
John W. Adams, Benjamin Armstrong, Peter Arnold, Alexander T. Baldwin, George Batton, Henry D. Bauchman, Samuel Beale, George W. Beaty, Martin Beaver, Solomon Beckwith, Ephriam Bell, William Bell, John H. Bender, Jacob Benson, John H. Bentley, Aaron Bentley, John S. Boell, David Bogar, George W. Bortle, Robert Bostwick, Thomas Bowers, Andrew W. Bowersox, Sanderson Brant, Benjamin Browand, Levi Brown, John Brown, James Brown, Scott J. Bryant, Charles Bumbaugh, Moses Burdge, William H. Burris, Samuel Calhoun, Amos Cameron, Allen Cameron, William Campbell, Joseph Casner, William Chestnut, John W. Clark, Thomas M. Cleaver, George J. Clemens, Jacob Clinger, Daniel Coder, Henry S. Coder, George Cokendaffer, Lewis Crater, Nathan Crimmel, John W. Cross, Issac T. Cross, Tobias Darr, Thomas J. Deen, Emanuel C. Detrick, John E. Doty Esq., Moses Dressler, James Dunn, John C. Ebbert, Henry Elmer, James Endslow, John Harvey Endslow, Adolph Engler, Joseph B. Ewing, Samuel Flickenger, Dietrick Foltz, Abramham C. Freet, Issac Fry, David Fry, Jacob Garman, Alexander Given, Samuel Glace, Absolom Goodling, Jacob C. Grubb, Jefferson J. Guss, Ephriam Guyer, John Haines, William H. Harner, Calvin B. Harris, Joseph Harris, William Harris, Frank Hart, Henry A. Heiser, David Heiser, John Heiser, James H. Hildebrand, William Hittle, John Hittle, John Hoffman, George W. Hoffman, Joseph P. Hollman, John J. Hostetler, David Hughes, Sebastian Humbarger, Joseph H. Humphrey, William H. Hunt, James G. Hurrel, Allen S. Jacobs, Henry E. Jefferies, James M. Kauffman, Samuel A. Kauffman, Jonathan Keeley, Philip Keeley, James Kennedy, William Kennedy, Jeremiah Kister, Israel A. Kline, Jacob Klinger, James Knox, John Kreider, David M. Kurtz, Milton Kurtz, Thomas Laird, Jacob Laub, James Leach, Saml Leister, Conrad Lingle, Robert Lipton, James Logan, William Long, George Lowery, Silas S. Mairs, Joseph W. Martin, George H. McCachren, Fletcher McCahan, Robert M. McClellan, Abner McDonald, Matthew McFarland, Andrew W. McMillen, Theodore Miller, David Miller, Peter L. Miller, Jacob S. Moore, David Moss, Henry Nail, Samuel Naylor, James H. Nipple, John W. Page, John A. Patterson, James J. Patterson, William Patton, John Pollock, James R. Quinn, John A. Ramp, Jacob Rathfon, John S. Reed, George W. Rhine, Theodore A. Rice, Samuel W. Roberts, Saml Romig, Samuel Row, Henry Rowlan, Joseph M. Sellers, Daniel Shaffer, Elias Shivley, Andrew W. Smith, William C. Smith, William H. Smith, Joseph Smith, Clemen H. Smith, David G. Stewart, Jacob Stine, George W. Stoner, William S. Swailes, Elias Tittle, Amos Ubil, Henry Umholtz, William R. VanDyke, William S. VanDyke, Henry Wallace, John F. Wallace, George Walls, Benjamin F. Walls, Jefferson Walters, Emanuel Walters, Edmund Webster, George W. Weimer, Joseph Weller, John Westly, Isaac D. Whitmer, John H. Williams, George W. Wilson, David H. Wilson, Samuel Winegardner, Amos G. Wolfgang, John S. Wood, Joseph Woods, James Woodside, Eber F. Woodward, William Yorgey, Thomas J. Young, James C. Zeigler, Oliver P. Zell and Jacob Zong.
Thank you for your support. You may send your check payable to Juniata County Re-enactors Association to my address, care of Donald E. Husler Jr, Chairman, 968 Airport Dr, Mifflintown, PA 17059-8414. For more information, you may call my cell number at 979-8678.
"One day you'll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one." -Unknown
Donald E. Husler Jr.